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  •  Size & scale can't be compared but gun ownership? (7+ / 0-)

    Contrast the size, financial complexity, and diversity of the US's 360,000,000 population with Iceland seems pretty hard sine that nation has essentially 320,000 Lutherans with 2/3 of that population living all in one city. And gun ownership is approximately 30%.

    Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

    by kck on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 07:43:03 AM PDT

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    •  Iceland is more diverse than the stereotype. (22+ / 0-)

      You know, when I moved onto my street and the first person I saw was a little black child who spoke only Icelandic, it really drives home the point that the country has shifted from "back in the day", and is now in the situation pretty much every first-world nation is in.  About 7 1/2 percent of Iceland's population is immigrant, the second-highest among nordic nations.

      •  Immigrants will improve the Icelandic economy... (6+ / 0-)
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        ...far more than debt to US banks, eh? I enjoy your remarks on Iceland which I know nothing more of than what I read.

        Most Icelanders are descendants of Norwegian settlers and Celts from Ireland and Scotland who were brought over as slaves during the age of settlement. Recent DNA analysis suggests that around 66 percent of the male settler-era population was of Norse ancestry, whereas the female population was 60 percent Celtic.[1] The Icelandic population today is remarkably homogeneous. According to Icelandic government statistics, 99% of the nation's inhabitants live in urban areas (localities with populations greater than 200) and 60% live in the greater Reykjavík Area. Of the North Germanic languages, the Icelandic language is closest to the Old Norse language and has remained relatively unchanged since the 12th century. Because of its small size and relative homogeneity, Iceland holds all the characteristics of a very close-knit society.

        About 84% of the population belong to the state church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, or other Lutheran Churches. However, Iceland has complete religious liberty, and other Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations are present (about 3.5%), along with small communities of major world religions. The most notable new religious community in Iceland, and in 2003 the fastest-growing one, is the Ásatrúarfélagið, a legally recognized revival of the pre-Christian religion of Iceland.

        Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

        by kck on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 09:41:36 AM PDT

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        •  Confused (1+ / 0-)
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          Immigrants will improve the Icelandic economy...  ... far more than debt to US banks, eh?
          What does this mean?
          •  As a general rule immigration enriches a nation... (3+ / 0-)
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            ...- the more the better. It says a lot of good things about a country that attracts and retains immigrants and gains the fruits of increasing diversity.

            Debt, OTOH, naturally has a limit to its cost benefit. When the debts are owed to foreign multinationals, especially during global banking turmoil, the limits are lower and risks higher.

            Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

            by kck on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:30:58 AM PDT

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